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Ivy League Cancels Conference Competition, Leaves Room for “Local” Events

STAFF REPORTS
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The Ivy League announced Thursday in an afternoon release that spring conference competition will not take place due to the ongoing pandemic.

“Consistent with its commitment to safeguard the health and wellbeing of student-athletes, the greater campus community and general public, the Ivy League Council of Presidents has decided not to hold league competition or host league championships this spring,” read the release.

The release does outline the possibility for local competitions to occur depending on whether or not health conditions “substantially improve.” Additionally, school-sponsored athletics training is able to continue based on the policies of each member school.

“As campus and community leaders, we believe that our public health responsibilities and educational principles preclude us from sponsoring Ivy League athletics competition this spring,” read a statement from The Ivy League Council of Presidents.

 “The public health measures now in effect at all Ivy League universities have been carefully designed to support our teaching and research missions while keeping our students, faculty, staff and neighboring communities safe.  These policies include restrictions on travel, limitations on campus visitors, and other pandemic related regulations that are not compatible with the Ivy League’s usual competition schedule.   In the Ivy League, these measures must apply equally to our athletics programs along with other academic and co-curricular activities.
 
“We know that this news will come as a disappointment to many in our community.  We regret the many sacrifices that have been required in response to the pandemic, and we appreciate the resilience of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in the face of adversity during this difficult and unusual year. While we would like nothing better than to deliver a complete season of competition, these are the necessary decisions for the Ivy League in the face of the health concerns posed by the ongoing and dangerous pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation as we move forward so that our universities can determine whether Ivy League principles and evolving health conditions might allow for limited, local competition later this spring.”

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